A Michigan teen pleaded guilty Monday to charges of murder and terrorism concerning a high school shooting last year that left four of his classmates dead and more than a dozen others injured.
In the days before the massacre, Ethan Crumbley’s father gave him a semi-automatic handgun as a Christmas present which he used to open fire at Oxford High School near Detroit on November 30.
Six other students and a teacher were injured in addition to the two boys and two girls, ages 14-17, who were also killed.
The 16-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to 24 charges in Oakland County Circuit Court, including one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder.
Additionally, he was charged with 12 counts of possessing a firearm while committing a felony and seven charges of assault with the intent to kill.
According to Ven Johnson, a lawyer representing several victims’ families, “Ethan Crumbley’s guilty plea is one small step forward on a long path towards obtaining full justice for our clients. We will continue to fight until the truth is revealed about what went wrong leading up to this tragedy.”
During the hearing, he confirmed his guilty plea by answering “Yes” to a series of questions from the judge and prosecutor.
The prosecution informed the court that Crumbley had not entered a plea deal.
Upon conviction, he will likely receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole. On February 9, 2023, there will be a potential sentencing hearing.
Crumbley’s attorneys withdrew an insanity defense notification they had previously submitted to the court.
A Rochester district court judge has ruled that evidence shows that Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, bought their son a gun despite signs that he was a “troubled young man.” They will also be charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting.